Ubuntu 16's name: Xenial Xerus

In today's open source roundup: Canonical picks the name for Ubuntu 16. Plus: GNOME gets a gaming hub. And The Google Play Store gets a whole new look

Ubuntu 16's name: Xenial Xerus

Canonical always has a goofy name for the latest version of Ubuntu, and Ubuntu 16 is no exception to that rule. Ubuntu 16 will be called Xenial Xerus.

Silviu Stahie reports for Softpedia:

Ubuntu LTS versions always had powerful names that usually denoted something important like Lucid Lynx, Precise Pangolin, or Trusty Tahr. It will take a while to get used to this one, but that won't be all that difficult.

"What fortunate timing that our next LTS should be X, because 'xenial' means 'friendly relations between hosts and guests', and given all the amazing work going into LXD and KVM for Ubuntu OpenStack, and beyond that the interoperability of Ubuntu OpenStack with hypervisors of all sorts, it seems like a perfect fit. And Xerus, the African ground squirrels, are among the most social animals in my home country. They thrive in the desert; they live in small, agile, social groups that get along unusually well with their neighbours (for most mammals, neighbours are a source of bloody competition, for Xerus, hey, collaboration is cool)," wrote Mark on his blog.

Interestingly enough, someone did manage to guess the name well ahead of anyone else. Cassidy James Blaede from elementary OS mentioned the Xenial Xerus in a Google+ post all the way back in May.

More at Softpedia

GNOME gets a gaming hub

GNOME has gotten a brand new gaming app that is designed to make it easy for gamers to see all the games they have on their system.

Silviu Stahie reports for Softpedia:

Some of you will almost immediately say that GNOME Games is not a new application and that it has been around for quite some time. This is now the case since Games is a new app in every respect, and it's quite different from the old one. The new application aims to gather everything that a user might have installed under one roof, and that is something that hasn't been tried until now.

The goal of the developers is to get a single application that can gather under its umbrella all the games that a user might have on their system. As you can imagine, this is not an easy task.

Users will find that games installed from GNOME Software, Steam, retro title running in emulators, Web-based titles, and quite a few others will be presented in Games. There is no indication that Wine titles will find a home within Games, but there is no reason why that won't happen. It's also worth noting that games like NES, SNES, Game Boy and PC-Engine titles that need an emulator will start directly from this tool.

More at Softpedia

The Google Play Store gets a whole new look

Google has been busy redesigning the Play Store, and now the company has begun rolling it out to various Android devices.

Rob Triggs reports for Android Authority:

Perhaps the most notable change is the new UI. The home page button placements have been moved around and are now curved rather than rectangular. There’s now also a large space for images and featured products at the top of the home page, while app recommendations remain in their little white boxes nearer the bottom of the page.

As previously teased, the new Play Store does away with the numerous categories from before and is cut down to just two main ones: Apps & Games, and Entertainment. Games and various other app sub categories now appear under the Apps & Games tab. The Entertainment tab houses the Books, Movies & TV, and Music sections. There’s also right-to-left flow of information for all RTL languages supported by the platform.

More at Android Authority

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